First, I’ll change the order of the altars, putting those of the Lares and Vesta at the centre and slightly more forward than the others, so as to outline family and home. I want to put something in the middle, behind those altars, perhaps a plant, but I’m not yet sure about that one. I should also get some basic candle holders for tea-lights and a small incense burner for the house genii, which will be place close to Vesta’s altar along with some coins as offerings. Another thing I’d like to have are wreaths to decorate the altars on particular monthly dates (Jupiter’s on the Ides, Juno’s and Janus’ on the Calends, the Lares’, Vesta’s, and Minerva’s on both those days and on the Nones, too). However, flower wreaths three times a month may prove to be expensive at the end of the year, so I’ve come up with another solution: beads’ wreaths! Both regular and leaf-like beads. And in different sets of colours for different deities: the regal red and golden for Jupiter, the virginal white and olive dark green for Minerva, the “in-between” grey and fresh green for Janus, the light-bringing gold and celestial blue for Juno, the virginal white and fiery orange for Vesta, and the light yellow of wax with the ever-lasting green for the Lares. Actual flower wreaths would be reserved for annual festivities such as Minerva’s Quinquatria.
Add this to the project of a portable aedicula to the Norse god Frey and the setting of a new shrine to a new deity (more on that this weekend), and it’s fair to say that this month of January has had its stock of new things. Appropriately.